Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Education at Columbia Center for the Arts

Life & Portrait Drawing LabsLife & Portrait Drawing Labs

Bringing the Outdoors In, with Eric Jacobsen Jacobsen Workshop

The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBowArthur DeBow

All-Arts Spring Break Theatre CampSpring Break Arts Camp

Qiang Huang basics of oil painting workshop Qiang Huang

Confluence Project: Celilo Falls

Columbia Center for the Arts recently had the honor of working with Pacific Northwest Native American artist, Lillian Pitt, on a series of Confluence Project workshops for children. Click on the arrow below to view a digital story of what children involved in the project learned.

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About Our Education & Outreach Programs

Columbia Center for the Arts offers art education, outreach and art classes for both seasoned artists and beginning art students in all disciplines from literary arts, theater, visual arts and more.

We offer art appreciation opportunities for the general public, as well as partnering opportunities with local schools.  We have a classroom set up as an art studio, and is available for rent by art teachers and others who want to teach their own classes.

Art classes at Columbia Art Gallery

Education is a cornerstone of our mission as a center. We hope you join us in an art class or other art education opportunity in the near future.

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Every Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing Labs

We're launching our new season of Life & Portrait Drawing on January 9! Please join us in the studio Friday mornings, 9-noon, to draw, paint, or sculpt from a live model. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills. All skill levels are welcome.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Labs

February 7-8, 9-4:00

Bringing the Outdoors in, with Eric Jacobsen

Design beautiful landscapes in a studio environment using photo references and plein air studies. Highly awarded artist Eric Jacobsen will emphasize creating pathways and movements in your oil or acrylic paintings.
Learn More: Bringing the Outdoors In

February 28, 1-4:00

The Art of Professional Presentation, with Arthur DeBow

Are you displaying your art—and yourself—in the best light possible? If you wish to make the right impression to juries, galleries, and artists the first time around, this is an opportunity you can't afford to miss.
Learn More: The Art of Professional Presentation

Every Thursday 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld

March 23-26

All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp

All kinds of artists are needed for a great performance, from writers and musicians to visual artists and dancers--and of course, the actors and crew. This camp will give students the opportunity to engage with all forms of art as they bring a favorite book to the stage.

Learn More: All-Arts Spring Break Theatre Camp

April 10 – 12

Qiang Huang Three-day basics of oil painting workshop

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas.
Learn More: Qiang Huang

For more information:

Call Columbia Center for the Arts,
541-387-8877, ext 114, or email